Job Descriptions

As a Planner in a food company you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the correct products are made efficiently and to the right quality, for delivery to customers.
This means you’ll work with a variety of different people from sales through to production in order to construct a suitable production schedule.
You’ll also have to ensure that all of the raw materials are in place for use by your production colleagues in line with your schedules.
In a small company the role of planner might be combined with other functions whilst, in a larger organisation you’ll likely be part of a planning team.
Your ultimate responsibility is achieving and attaining a 100% level of customer service.

The Process Manager (sometimes known as a Process Development Manager) is responsible for taking a product through from original idea to production line, ensuring that all technical standards are achieved and that the product makes a suitable profit for the company.

You may also have a role in analysing current production and making recommendations for improvements, which may involve the company investing in new equipment to improve bottom line profits....

As a Process Technologist (sometimes known as a Process Development Technologist), you’ll be the link between the product development kitchen and the production line, with responsibility for making sure that new products make a smooth transition from trial and testing stages to full production.

This means you ensure that trial factory production runs take place with the outcomes reported to all relevant staff. You’ll identify any critical issues, make recommendations for improvements, measure yields and make sure that everything complies with quality, safety and customer expectations....

Production Managers are responsible for the activities of food manufacturing departments at companies that operate shift systems. They manage teams of production staff and schedule production activities to ensure orders are met at the correct time. They must be able to understand and implement a variety of food-processing techniques and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment....

As a project engineer working in the food manufacturing sector your job is to make sure that all project work is completed on schedule and within budget; this could be capital projects such as purchase and installation of new equipment through to improvement work that you may be involved with.
You’ll be the manager for the entire project from initial conception, through design, purchase and installation, to final commissioning and sign off.
You’ll have to balance a whole range of factors in order to get your projects completed with a minimum of disruption to your company’s activities.

As a PR Executive specialising in food and drink you could be working as part of a client account team in an external agency that concentrates on the industry or within an in-house department of a major food manufacturer and food brand owner...

As a PR Manager specialising in food and drink you could be working as part of a client account team in an external agency that concentrates on the industry or within an in-house department of a major food manufacturer and food brand owner...

In this job you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the food manufacturing process complies with all safety and quality specifications.
This means you’ll be part of a team monitoring everything from incoming raw ingredients through to finished packed products.
Note that whilst, in many companies the roles of auditor and technician are combined, in some cases you may find them to be separate along the following lines:
The QA Technician actually does the routine checks and testing whereas the QA Auditor role involves checking the QA records and making sure that the company quality system is implemented correctly.

Quality Assurance Managers make sure that the food manufacturing process is safe by monitoring and controlling the production process from raw ingredient intake through to packaging of finished products. They ensure that all processing meets rigorous standards of quality and hygiene.

As QA Manager you’d be responsible for setting up quality assessment processes which maintain these standards....

Research Assistants in food and drink manufacturing work usually work as part of a team conducting scientific and technical investigations to find new ways to improve products or the way they are produced.

Research is vital to product safety, product innovation and new production techniques as well as enhanced formulations that may be used, for instance, to reduce sugar or salt content....